Record Setting Snowfall Across Oklahoma, Most Interstates Closed
Staff and Wire Reports
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thousands of Oklahomans remain without power as a massive winter storm blew through the state bringing record setting snowfall to a large part of central Oklahoma. Will Rogers World Airport reported receiving about 14 inches of snow.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said roads remain slick and hazardous, and they discourage travel Friday.
All interstates in the Oklahoma City Metro were closed due to weather Thursday but were reopened Friday. Numerous accidents and stranded vehicles are blocking all roadways.
Travel in western and southwestern parts of the state is strongly discouraged. Blizzard conditions in far western and southern counties have reduced visibility. Highways remain slick
in the western two thirds of the state, and conditions continue to deteriorate.
Around 30 salt trucks were dispatched to salt regional snow
routes around the metro. See a map of metro snow routes.
In the Panhandle, snow continues to blow. However, as the storm moves south and east, crews reported sunshine in Cimarron County.
Crews have been applying sand/salt mixtures as needed to highways.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for 33 counties in Oklahoma, including Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, through Thursday evening. Heavy snow and reduced visibility due to strong, northerly winds are occurring.
A winter weather advisory for 25 counties in south-central and southeastern Oklahoma has been issued for the possibility of freezing rain and snow. Temperatures will be below average in many areas.
Lows Thursday night are expected to bottom out in the teens and 20s.
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